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10 November 2019

Pentecost 22 Sermon: God of the Living

Preached on Luke 20:27–40
22nd Sunday After Pentecost — Proper 27C
10 November AD 2019

Title: Click to hear the MP3 of God of the Living

Luke 20:27-40 Summary: Not believing in the Resurrection, the Sadducees wanted to ridicule Jesus and discredit this teaching. They came up with the story of the woman widowed seven times, hoping to use earthly life to challenge what Christ taught that believers will experience in the New Creation.

The Lord turned their thinking on its head. He couldn’t answer their question as asked since it began with a faulty premise. He instead used the account of the burning bush to point to the correct question and answer.

Because the living God is also the God of the living, we know that in Christ we have lives that will never end. Therefore, many of this life’s institutions, including marriage, will have no place in the Resurrection.

Text: There came to [Jesus] some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother.

“Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died without children. And the second and the third took her, and likewise all seven left no children and died. Afterward the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had her as wife.”

And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.

“But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.”

Then some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well.” For they no longer dared to ask him any question. Luke 20:27-40

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of God of the Living

NB: A few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio with Windows Media Player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 148; Exodus 3:1-15; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-8, 13-17

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